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Restorative Practice
Restorative Practice is a way of thinking and being that involves staff and students working with each other in a manner that is both firm (consistent, explicit, with high standards) and fair (validates everyone's input and ideas provides explanations and sets clear expectations). In this climate, a sense of community is developed, and everyone is held accountable for his or her own actions.
“Simply put, to be ‘restorative’ means to believe that decisions are best made and conflicts are best resolved by those most directly involved in them… we seek to develop good relationships and restore a sense of community in an increasingly disconnected world.” The Restorative Practice Handbook, p. 7
When things go wrong, one is expected to accept responsibility and repair the harm in an environment in which everyone is supported and treated with integrity and respect. The use of Progressive Discipline and Restorative Practice helps to create safe and inclusive learning environments.
DDSB Board Policies, Regulations and Procedures
​#5148RegulationPositiv​e School Climate
​#5500Regulation​DDSB Code of Conduct and Discipline for Students
Whole School Approach​​Progressive Discipline​​​Character EducationBullying & Cyberbullying Prevention & InterventionWell-BeingSafety and SecuritySelf Regulation


Board Resources

Progressive Discipline:
A Bias-Free Approach
Restorative Practice
Restorative Practice
Ministry Publications
Caring and Safe Schools in Ontario:
Kindergarten - Grade 12
Web Links:
Restorative Practices International website 


Student Voice:
Student Voice Project
Summary of Ministry ​Report

​Student Voice:
Student Involvement Project